If you haven’t heard the story of Nathan Mathis yet then you have to take just a few minutes to learn about his heartfelt journey that brought him to a life of understanding and love.
Small town farmer Mr. Mathis went viral last year of December 2017 after a video of him protesting then Alabama Senate Candidate Judge Roy Moore hit the internet. The country town farmer was blasting Judge Moore for calling his gay daughter a pervert.
To most that believe in equality and LGBT rights, Mr. Mathis stance against Judge Moore was courageous. But what most people didn’t know is that Mr. Mathis journey to his courageous stance was marked with tragedy and gutwrenching pain.
The seemingly sweet farmer suffered from his daughter’s (Patti Sue Mathis) suicide — a tragedy that he himself believes he had a part in. Before Mr. Mathis became the courageous man he is today, he was the cruel and unaccepting father that berated his daughter for being a lesbian.
The overwhelming grief of living as her true self took a tool on Patti Sue and the loving sports star took her life in 1995. It wasn’t until after that unfortunate tragedy that Mr. Mathis realized the error of his ways and went on a journey of self-awareness that he became the man he is today.
Buzzfeed LGBT packaged the heartfelt journey of Mr. Mathis in a tearjerking video. What is most exceptional about Mr. Mathis story other than the lake he built (Lake Patti Sue) as an outlet to his grief and a memorial to his daughter is the power of love.
“I stand before you a sinful man of many faults,” Mr. Mathis said in the video while in front of the Infinity (LGBT) congregation. “And a man who had a wonderful daughter, Patti Sue, who happen to be gay. But due to the way she was treated by her father and others, took her own life on March 29, 1995. I regret very much the mean things I said to Patti when I found out she was gay. And I realize now that there was nothing wrong with Pattie that day, something was wrong with me.”
Mr. Mathis goes on to example how treating a child badly just because they are gay can scare them for life by most likely bothering their thought process. He’s most powerful message is one of love and acceptance, and quite simple but yet so hard for many to grasp. “We need to realize that we need to accept our children if they are gay and love ’em, and let them know we are there to support them and treat them right.”
That’s the power of love.